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Paul Alexander Nolan: From small-town Saskatchewan to Broadway’s bright lights

  This article just appeared in Refined Lifestyles Regina. I've known Paul since he was a kid--I performed with him several times back then, and have even had the chance to be in a professional show with him once, when he played the Beast in Persephone Theatre's production of Beauty and the Beast in Saskatoon in 2007 (I was Monsieur D'arque and several other things). It was great to chat with him for this article, the second time I've interviewed him. For Rouleau native Paul Nolan, the moment it really struck home he was performing on Broadway came in March, 2012, in the first performance in Broadway’s Paul Simon Theatre ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 18:39, May 2nd, 2017 under Blog, Music | Comment now »

Me as Lurch

I'm portraying Lurch in the Regina Lyric Musical Theatre production of The Addams Family musical, which opens tonight...I'm thinking maybe this should be my new author photo.  

Posted by Edward Willett at 13:15, May 25th, 2016 under Blog | Comment now »

Listen to an interview with me about my play As Time Goes By: A Love Story with Music and Ghosts

I'm in the midst of rehearsing As Time Goes By: A Love Story with Music and Ghosts, the play with music I wrote and am directing for Regina Lyric Musical Theatre (you can buy tickets on their website as well as at Bach & Beyond in the Golden Mile Centre). It's a modern-day love story that features music from the '30s and '40s and, yes, ghosts. Yesterday I was interviewed on CJTR (community radio) about the show. Listen below! And if you're in Regina or area, come see the show! It's going to be great fun. Here's the interview: [audio mp3="http://edwardwillett.com/wp-content/uploads//2013/10/2013-10-21_toastncoffee-oct2113.mp3"][/audio]

Posted by Edward Willett at 23:42, October 21st, 2013 under Blog, Plays | Comment now »

Tickets on sale for my play As Time Goes By: A Love Story with Music and Ghosts

Tickets are now on sale for my play-with-music, As Time Goes By: A Love Story with Music and Ghosts, featuring music from the '30s and 40s found in the old house where I live that used to belong to my wife's grandparents, and then to her parents (and indeed, we are dedicating the show to the memory of my wife's mother, Dr. Alice Mary Goodfellow Hodges, a most remarkable woman who unfortunately died on August 17 and so will not be able to see the show inspired by her parents' home.) Here's how I'm describing the show in publicity materials: A warm, funny, touching play ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 23:42, September 22nd, 2013 under Blog, Music, Plays | Comment now »

Regina Lyric Musical Theatre to produce my play this fall

Oh, look, I do still remember how to blog! It's been a while, but, hey, April was the cruelest month, what with novel rewriting and family duties and let us not forget income tax. Oh, and I was also performing, in Regina Lyric Musical Theatre's spring show, When You Wish Upon A Star: Music from the Wonderful World of Disney. My solo number was "Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor's Life for Me)," but I think the highlight of the evening for everyone was the men's chorus performing "The Bare Necessities." It involved tail-waggling. Let's leave it at that. But speaking of Regina Lyric Musical Theatre brings me to this bit of news, which ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:01, May 6th, 2013 under Blog, Music, Plays | Comment now »

My Aurora-eligible short story “A Little Space Music”

The deadline for nominations for the Aurora Awards, for the best Canadian speculative fiction, is just two weeks away (April 15)...so naturally I'm only now getting around to making my only Aurora eligible work of the year available online for potential nominators to read. Still, 'tis better to have posted the story and not be nominated than never to have posted the story at all, so without further ado, my humorous SF story "A Little Space Music," which appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of On Spec magazine (the cover art for which, posted at left, is by P. John Burden.) Should you wish to nominate it for an Aurora ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:14, April 2nd, 2013 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

I finish a play…and sing of Saskatchewan

As I've mentioned, I've been writing a play, tentatively titled The Piano Bench: A Love Story with Evening and Ghosts. Today I finished the draft script, which I'll be passing on the fine folks at Regina Lyric Musical Theatre, which I hope will be staging the play (with me directing it) this fall. Since it's a play with music, I've assembled a CD of the songs I'm thinking of including in the play, all of which are drawn from the old sheet music in this house of mine, which has been in my wife's family since 1939. (The house, and specifically the piano and this music, are in fact the inspiration ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:27, January 17th, 2013 under Blog, Music, Plays, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

From small-town hockey player to Broadway star: Paul Nolan’s improbable journey

This week's Saturday Special is the interview I conducted with Paul Nolan, who grew up in the small town of Rouleau, just outside Regina (better known, perhaps, as Dog River from the TV series Corner Gas), and just ended a run on Broadway in the title role of the revival of Jesus Christ Superstar (he's now starring in a production of the Elton John version of Aida in Kansas City, but JSC was still running when I wrote this story for Fine Lifestyles magazines.) I performed with Paul many times when he was growing up, and once since, when I was in Persephone Theatre's production of ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:18, August 4th, 2012 under Blog | Comment now »

Tent Meeting featured in LeaderPost

No, I haven't been blogging much. There's the novel to rewrite and the Johnny Cash biography to proofread and Fine Lifestyles Regina editing duties to look after and...well, lots. Including directing and being part of the cast of Tent Meeting, Regina Lyric Musical Theatre's fall show, which opens next Tuesday, November 3, and runs through November 8 at the Shumiatcher Theatre in the MacKenzie Art Gallery. I'd tell you about it, but you can read all about it in today's Regina LeaderPost. The story begins: Regina Lyric Musical Theatre's production of the gospel-flavoured musical Tent Meeting opens on Tuesday. Edward Willett, who is directing and performing in the play, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:55, October 29th, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »

Two more Follies performances left…

Jeff Tonita and company sing "Live, Laugh, Love" [caption id="attachment_9154" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Eduardo and Monica Ventura dance "Bolero D'Amour""][/caption] ...and then I can think about other things again. After a week of rehearsals and performances mixed in with other stuff, I was more tired after last night's show than I think can remember ever being before. But a good night's sleep took care of that, and now I'm looking forward to the final show tonight. [caption id="attachment_9153" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Marianne Woods as Stella Deems and Aubree Erickson as Young Stell, "Who's That Woman?""]...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:07, May 23rd, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »